World AIDS Day will be happening on December 1, but for people living with HIV and AIDS, it’s not something they can just think about once a year. HIV/AIDS activist Alicia Keys understands that, and that’s why she was the host and musical director of Keep a Child Alive’s Black Ball.
Keep a Child Alive works to help kids and families affected by HIV and AIDS in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa and India. The Black Ball took place last night to raise money for this serious cause, and Alicia took to the stage with singer Pharrell to bring in the necessary donations.
Here are a few things you can keep in mind as we approach World AIDS Day: There are a little under 35 million people in the world who currently have HIV. You can live a long, healthy life with HIV these days if you get proper treatment, but many people just can’t afford doctors, medicine and nutritional foods. 72% of kids who have HIV aren’t getting the treatment they need. And a little more than 16 and a half million kids are orphaned because of AIDS.
This alarming reality is why celebs like Alicia (and countless non-famous, but just as dedicated, activists) are so passionate about stopping the spread of HIV and helping people who already have the virus. You can join Alicia by helping Keep a Child alive, and you can also keep yourself safer by using protection, getting tested and educating yourself on the issue.
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